If you are in the early stages of pregnancy and you are concerned about the development of the fetus, then your gynecologist may suggest the completion of a transvaginal ultrasound. This procedure may be better than a traditional imaging test, because the ultrasound wand can take clear images. The close proximity of the wand in relation to your uterus is what helps with the creation of more precise imagery. If you have a transvaginal ultrasound scheduled, then there are few things you should do to prepare for your appointment. 

Speak Up About Latex Allergies

Infection risks are a serious concern when it comes to completing a transvaginal ultrasound. After all, the probe will be in direct contact with one of the larger mucous membranes of your body. Mucous membranes cover the various tracts and cavities of the body, and they are made up of a layer of epithelial cells. These cells cover loose connective tissues. Some of the mucous membranes across your body, like the vagina, produce a thick mucous. This helps to protect the tissues against pathogens and microorganisms. However, viruses and bacteria can break through the mucous lining and enter the body. To make sure that the transvaginal probe does not cause an infection issue, the instrument is covered with a condom. 

If you are one of the three million people in the United States who has a latex allergy, then you will need to let your physician and the sonogram attendant know about it. This way, either a polyurethane or a polysioprene condom can be used instead. If you have lubrication sensitivities, then this information should be provided as well. Lubrication is generally placed on the condom before the transvaginal procedure starts. This helps to reduce discomfort. The lubricant that is likely to be used is a product that contains either polyethylene glycol or glycerol. Polyethylene glycol and glycerol are safe compounds that are used in a wide variety of products, including personal lubricants. If you regularly need to avoid the ingredients though, due to a sensitivity, then let the sonogram professional know so that lubrication will not be used during your procedure.

Try To Stay Relaxed

A transvaginal ultrasound is much like a pelvic exam. You will need to place your feet in stirrups and open your legs so the technician can easily access your vagina. If your are typically anxious about pelvic exams, then you may also feel nervous about the sonogram. The good news is that you will be able to empty your bladder fully before the procedure starts. A full bladder is sometimes necessary so that clear images can be produced of the internal pelvic organs. Specifically, the sound waves are bounced off the bladder onto the organs, but this is not necessary when viewing inside the uterus. The fact that you can empty your bladder should help to reduce some of your anxiety.

Bring a magazine to the appointment and consider drinking a cup of tea while you wait as well. Passionflower, kava, green, valerian root, peppermint, and chamomile teas are just a few examples of the beverages that can relax you. You can also apply a small amount of lavender oil to your wrists or neck to keep you calm. 

Relaxation is important, because it helps to keep the muscles relaxed. When you are anxious, nervous, or if you brace for pain, then your muscles will automatically tense to protect itself from harm. This can cause pain and discomfort as the ultrasound probe is inserted. 

A transvaginal ultrasound may be needed to inspect your growing fetus if you have recently become pregnant. Prepare for the procedure by staying relaxed and indicating if you have any sensitivities to latex or lubrication. Also, work with your gynecologist or general physician to make sure that all questions about the procedure are answered well before the appointment date. For more information, contact a local clinic like All Women's Clinic